Shooting reported at Connecticut elementary school, shooter is dead (UPDATED)

By Daniel S Levine,

Children and faculty were evacuated from an elementary school in Newtown, Connecticut due to a reported shooting.

The shooting took place at the Sandy Hook Elementary School. According to The Hartford Courant, police say several children have been injured, but they did not give specific information on the extent of the injuries. One person in one room had “numerous gunshot wounds,” police said.

The Courant said that there were also unconfirmed reports of a second shooter.

Just after 9:40 a.m., police say that the shooter was in the main office. Parents told the Courant that children were still in the school as of 10:30 a.m.

Authorities told ABC News that the shooter is dead.

Because of the shooting, the Newtown school district has been locked down for the rest of the day. “The district is taking preventive measures by putting all schools in lockdown until we ensure the safety of all students and staff,” district secretary of superintendent Kathy June explained in a statement.

NBC Connecticut reports that a triage area was set up at the school and several ambulances were at the scene.

State troopers are also at the scene to assist local police.

According to NBC News, Newtown is 45 miles southwest of Hartford.

UPDATE: 12:56 p.m.: A parent told CNN that two adults were killed. Later, a law enforcement source added that "close to 20" are dead, including 10 children.

UPDATE: 1:14 p.m. According to USA Today, the AP is now reporting that 27 people are dead, including 18 children.

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